Eugene Wilmot "Gene" Park |

Eugene Wilmot "Gene" Park

Eugene W. “Gene” Park of Clifton, a former resident of Battlement Mesa, died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at his home. He was 84.

A memorial service and golf tournament will be held in his honor in late May at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course.

Mr. Park was born Oct. 7, 1919, in St. Joseph, Mo.

He married Viola Della Newberry. After 56 years of marriage, she preceded him in death.

Mr. Park was a genuine salesman with a genuine heart. He owned and operated several businesses, including the Grand Valley TV Guide.

He was also a charismatic man who touched many lives with his generosity.

The Parachute-Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce named him Person of the Year for 1989. He was a past president of the chamber.

He also directed United Way of Garfield County and achieved record donations during his tenure.

Mr. Park served on the Parachute-Battlement Mesa Parks and Recreation District board of directors, and was an active member of Garfield Youth Services (now called YouthZone).

Mr. Park is survived by a son, Eugene Park Jr. of Aberdeen, Wash.; by daughters Sarah Park of Lake Havasu, Ariz., Valerie Park of Crawford, Mary Park of Paonia, Patricia Funk of Evergreen, and Doris Simon of Wheat Ridge; and by 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to United Way of Garfield County, or to YouthZone, 803 School St., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

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